Route 66 News

Atlanta buying decorative lampposts

The beautification of Route 66 through Atlanta, Ill., continues.

The Bloomington Pantagraph reports that the town has bought at least six decorative lampposts and may buy up to 10 if enough locals sponsor them. The lampposts will be installed on the alignment of Arch Street, aka Route 66, through downtown.

Sponsorships to help the town defray the costs are $1,500 each. A 5-by-7-inch plaque will be installed to recognize the sponsor.

There’s more:

Other improvements in the works include night lighting for the mural on Arch Street and the Route 66 Park, the restoration of two bubbling fountains around the square, and a lot of flower planting. The night lighting for the mural and park is expected to be done in the next few weeks.

“We’re amazed at the amount of tourists we have through here,” Cheek says, “We’re just trying to get the town looking nice.”

If you’re interested in sponsoring a lamppost, call (217) 648-2351.

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